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Until the the early 19th Century, like almost all Scottish distilleries at the time, Glenlivet operated illegally in order to avoid paying exorbitant taxes to the English Crown.
This all changed in 1823 when the tax rates were lowered significantly by the English government in order to discourage distillery owners from going to such great lengths in order to evade paying the tax. George Smith, then owner of the Glenlivet, saw the opportunity was a good one and was one of the first to have his distilling licence officially granted in 1824.
Cooperating with the English system of taxation was widely viewed as a scandalous move by Smith's illegal neighbouring distilleries who threatened violence against him and his property. For this reason Smith carried a pair of pistols on his person night and day as a conspicuous yet effective form of self defence from his local rivals. The pistols are on display at the distillery to this day.
The Glenlivet Cellar Collection was inspired by a tradition that has transpired over the decades in which, each manager of The Glenlivet Distillery has selected the most exceptional casks to be set aside and matured in the Glenlivet Cellar. Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1964 is a cask strength, limited edition. Distilled in 1964 and bottled May 26th 2004
Aroma: Full, rich and smooth.
Palate: Full-bodied and balanced.
Finish: Long and spicy.